Friday, 29 September 2017

Warm Welcome!


Thumbs up for LATICRETE! Ryan, store manager from Kim's - My Tile Market in Girraween NSW, is excited to join the LatiFamily as a preferred stockist for all your LATIRCRETE needs. Drop in to see the friendly team today! 

Address: 30 Oramzi Rd, Girraween, NSW 2145
​Phone: (02) 9769 0600

LATICRETE is proud of its commitment to supplying tilers with the most up-to-date information and products available in the ceramic tile and stone installation industry today.  Our products are engineered to be fast and productive for the tiler to install. 

For more information on using LATICRETE in your projects, product demos, samples or technical support please contact LATICRETE on 1800 331 012, email sales@laticrete.com.au or visit www.laticrete.com.au.

Thursday, 28 September 2017

MVIS™ Veneer Mortar now manufactured in Australia

New Packgaing - Now manufactured in Australia

Jatin Patel, Chemist at LATICRETE Australia 

New Packaging For Locally Manufactured Product


As we continue to build our brand, we are excited to announce, MVIS™ Veneer Mortar is now manufactured in Australia. The new 20kg packaging has been rolled out to the market - so keep your eyes peeled!
 

MVIS Veneer Mortar is a patented, versatile polymer fortified mortar designed specifically for the installation of adhered masonry veneer, stone and thin brick. A high performance mix provides maximum non-sag performance for vertical installations and also obtains maximum bond strength to the substrate and selected veneers.

Key Features
  • Incredible non-sag performance – faster easier installations
  • Revolutionary patented formula provides maximum bond strength to veneers and substrate – exceeds ANSI A118.4 requirements
  • Mixes only with water
  • Reinforced with Kevlar®
  • Lightweight mortar — very smooth and easy to apply
  • GREENGUARD certified for low VOC’s
  • Inhibits the growth of stain-causing mould and mildew with antimicrobial product protection
Send a pic when you spot the new MVIS Veneer Mortar bag to marketing@laticrete.com.au and we will send you a FREE T-Shirt!

For more information contact your local LATICRETE Technical Sales Rep on 1800 331 012 or email us here.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Killara Pool Project




A residential in-ground pool project in Killara, NSW, received a refurb using a full LATICRETE pool tiling system which qualified for a 15 year system warranty. The project consisted of 80m2 swimming pool including spa area, tiled with Ezarri 25x25mm glass mosaics.The team from Sydney Waterproofing & Sealing Solutions (SWSS) supplied and applied LATAPOXY® Moisture Shield and HYDRO BAN® waterproofing for pool builders, Mr Pools, before the tiling commenced. 

LATICRETE products used: 

  • LATAPOXY Moisture Shield - a 2 component, roller applied epoxy coating specifically designed to reduce moisture vapour emissions in concrete and other substrates.
  • HYDRO BAN - a thin, load bearing waterproofing/crack isolation membrane that DOES NOT require the use of fabric in the field, coves or corners. 
  • 226 Thick Bed Mortar - a factory prepared blend of carefully selected raw materials, Portland cement and graded aggregates.
  • 3701 Mortar Admix - a specially designed latex admixture for use with thin-set adhesives, cement grouts, cement mortar beds and other cement mixes.
  • 335 Premium Flexible Adhesive - a high performance thin-bed adhesive for installing a wide range of tiles and stone including low absorption ceramic tile, porcelain tile, natural and manufactured stone using thin-set method of installation.
  • SPECTRALOCK® PRO Grout - a patented, high performance epoxy grout that offers colour uniformity, durability and stain resistance with extraordinary ease of use.
  • LATASIL™ - a high performance, one component, neutral cure, 100% silicone sealant designed for ceramic tile and stone applications. 

Click here to view/download the LATICRETE Pools, Spas and Fountains System Brochure.
Click here to view/download the LATICRETE Swimming Pool System Warranty.

Contact us to discuss your next project, visit your job site or to arrange free samples. Call 1800 331 012 or email us here.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Brisbane Bathroom Gets Facelift



K Tiling + Stone
 have recently finished this great bathroom in Brisbane for JJN Constructions. The project consists of 300x300mm floor tiles and 300x100mm beveled edged subway tiles in brick bond pattern on the walls. A range of LATICRETE materials were used for the installation. 

Products used include:
  • 335 Premium Flexible Adhesive is a high performance thin-bed adhesive for installing a wide range of tiles and stone including low absorption ceramic tile, porcelain tile, natural and manufactured stone using thin-set method of installation. 
  • Ultra X8 Polymer Fortified Flexible Adhesive is a creamy and smooth to trowel thin-set adhesive for installing all types of tile and stone over a wide range of surfaces. Mixed with either water or for additional strength and performance with LATICRETE latex admixtures for installing porcelain, vitrified, ceramic and stone tiles on floors and walls in both internal and external areas. 


Contact us to discuss your next project, or to arrange free samples. Call 1800 331 012 or email us here sales@laticrete.com.au.

Monday, 25 September 2017

Bonding to Difficult Substrates and Tile




In a technical article featured in Tile Today #94, Fred Gray, LATICRETE Australia Technical Service Manager, provides an informative discussion on bonding difficult substrates & tiles, and why epoxy adhesives are effective when greater chemical resistance or strength is required. 

"Every now and then we come across tiles or substrates that can’t be installed or installed on directly with our regular or even premium cement based adhesive. A cement or dispersion based adhesive may not be able to achieve the bond to the tile or the substrate as required. The water they contain may cause an undesirable physical change in the tile, like in the case of moisture sensitive stone.


Corrosion needs to be controlled or a high PH, for instance, may be too corrosive. It may also be that the adhesive does not have the required chemical resistance for your particular installation. So what do you use when you want to install tiles on steel, stainless steel, or epoxy backed tile to concrete surfaces? When executing installations with steel or polyester, it is desirable there is the least amount of involvement of underlayments or other improvisations where structural integrity is otherwise intact. Direct bonding is preferred." Click here to continue reading.

For more information or for technical support, call LATICRETE on 1800 331 012 or email: sales@laticrete.com.au. Chat to us and arrange a demo or a FREE sample.

Friday, 22 September 2017

Tile Power Penrith Stock LATICRETE



Spotted - Tile Power Penrith flying the LATICRETE flag! Tile Power in Penrith is your local stockist for all your LATICRETE materials - so head in and visit the friendly team today! 

LATICRETE is proud of its commitment to supplying tilers with the most up-to-date information and products available in the ceramic tile and stone installation industry today. Our products are engineered to be fast and productive for the tiler to install. 

Head over to Tile Power Penrith to get your LATICRETE materials - or call the friendly team on (02) 4722 2550.

Address: 1/135 Coreen Avenue, Penrith NSW 2750

Hours of Operation:
Mon to Friday: 7:30am – 5:00pm

For more information on using LATICRETE in your projects, arrange product demos, samples or technical support please contact LATICRETE on 1800 331 012, email sales@laticrete.com.au or visit www.laticrete.com.au.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!

Surendra and his wife, Priyanka

Over the weekend LATICRETE Australia R&D Manager, Dr. Surendra Patel, attended a ceremony where he became Australian Citizen. Surendra has lived in Australia for 8 years and is very excited to officially be an "Ozzie"! 

"Everyone says that Australia is the most livable country in the world and we wanted to see it for ourselves. So, we came here in 2009 on a Permanent Residence Visa. After living in a welcoming, peaceful, and multicultural country for more than 8 years I decided to make an ionic/covalent bond (most stable bonds in Chemistry) with this beautiful country, I decided to take citizenship. And now Aussie Aussie Aussie Oi Oi Oi...” 

Congratulations Surendra! 

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Pool Projects Made Easy






Don Macdonald and his team from The Orchid Group have been busy working on this 60m2 pool in Coolum, QLD, where Bisazza mosaic tiles have been installed using LATICRETE materials.

Products used include:
  • 254 Platinum - The ultimate one-step, polymer fortified, thin-set adhesive. For interior and exterior installation of ceramic and stone tile, reduced thickness porcelain, quarry tile, pavers and thin brick. 254 Platinum provides long open time with unsurpassed adhesion and workability. 
  • HYDRO BAN® - A thin, load bearing waterproofing/crack isolation membrane that DOES NOT require the use of fabric in the field, coves or corners. HYDRO BAN is a single component, self curing liquid rubber polymer that forms a flexible, seamless waterproofing membrane. HYDRO BAN bonds directly to a wide variety of substrates.
  • LATAPOXY® SP-100 - A stainless, pigment free, colourfast epoxy grout for grouting floor installations of ceramic tile, brick, and stone. Cleans with water while fresh. Can be used for interior and exterior applications. Ideal for kitchen floors, counter tops, bathroom floors, malls, cafeterias, and laboratories.
Click here to view/download the LATICRETE Pools, Spas and Fountains System Brochure.

Contact us to discuss your next project, visit your job site or to arrange free samples. Call 1800 331 012 or email us here.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

The Solution to Waterproofing




The team from Tiles in Stile have been working on a bathroom project in Melbourne, VIC, where they have been using HYDRO BAN® for the waterproofing. 


HYDRO BAN is a thin, load bearing waterproofing/crack isolation membrane that DOES NOT require the use of fabric in the field, coves or corners. HYDRO BAN is a single component, self curing liquid rubber polymer that forms a flexible, seamless waterproofing membrane. HYDRO BAN bonds directly to a wide variety of substrates. 
Key Features
  • Meets and exceeds the requirements of AS4858 and AS4654.1 for a Class 3 Membrane
  • Thin; only 0.5 mm – 0.8 mm thick when cured
  • Anti-fracture protection of up to 3 mm over shrinkage and other non-structural cracks
  • "Extra Heavy Service" rating per TCNA performance levels (RE: ASTM C627 Robinson Floor Test)
  • IAPMO approved
  • Contains antimicrobial product protection
  • Safe—no solvents and non-flammable

Keep your eyes peeled for updates on this project! 

Contact us about your next project or to arrange free samples. Call 1800 331 012 or email us here.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Come See Us At MARMO + MAC!




Come see the LATICRETE team September 27-30th at Italy's biggest stone, design and technology trade fair! Marmomac is the leading natural stone industry event and is the ideal venue for the most advanced knowledge in natural stone processing operations.

Learn more about the show here, and get your free ticket to MARMO+MAC by emailing: info@laticreteeurope.com.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Brisbane Ensuite Reno



K Tiling + Stone from Brisbane, Qld, and Diezel Constructions recently completed this beautiful residential bathroom project. The project consists of 200x200mm checkerboard floor with 300x100mm subways in shower, installed with 335 Premium Flexible Adhesive and Ultra X8 Polymer Fortified Flexible Adhesive. 

  • 335 Premium Flexible Adhesive is a high performance thin-bed adhesive for installing a wide range of tiles and stone including low absorption ceramic tile, porcelain tile, natural and manufactured stone using thin-set method of installation. Exceeds the requirements of AS ISO13007.1&2 classification C2TES1. Excellent for exterior and underwater applications, supeior bond to masonry. 
  • Ultra X8 Polymer Fortified Flexible Adhesive is a creamy and smooth to trowel thin-set adhesive for installing all types of tile and stone over a wide range of surfaces. Mixed with either water or for additional strength and performance with LATICRETE latex admixtures for installing porcelain, vitrified, ceramic and stone tiles on floors and walls in both internal and external areas. Contains a unique fibre reinforcing which adds workability, flexibility and reduces slump and shrinkage of the adhesive. Up to 40% higher performance than standard thin-set tile adhesives.

Are you planing a residential project in the near future? LATICRETE has the perfect Residential Tile & Stone Installation Systems brochure for you - which includes a LATICRETE System Warranty. View/download the LATICRETE Residential Tile & Stone Installation Systems brochure.

Contact us to discuss your next project, or to arrange free samples. Call 1800 331 012 or email us here sales@laticrete.com.au

Thursday, 14 September 2017

CERSAIE 2017 Is Almost Here!



It's almost here! CERSAIE 2017 is just a few weeks away now - have you got your free ticket!?

CERSAIE is one of the largest ceramic tile expositions in the world and LATICRETE will be there! Come visit LATICRETE, Area 45 Stand 36 - at CERSAIE Bologna, Italy, from September 25-29, 2017. We will be showing industry leading, innovative complete building system solutions, methods and technologies. 

LATICRETE markets more than 100 different products, most of which are invented and pioneered over the last 60 years. The breadth of our product lines and the technology behind them are unparalleled. Whether you're an architect, contractor or homeowner, only LATICRETE offers the experience, know-how and technical support to provide you with the knowledge to succeed on your next project.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Concrete Flooring Doesn't Have to be Boring!





Recently Maverick Contracting, from West Virginia USA, installed LATICRETE SPARTACOTE™ Metallic flooring system for My Dive Shop, a retail scuba diving shop. Shop owners, Melody Metz and Daniel Langdon, were looking for something unique, and something that could replicate the look and feel of the ocean. The solution was the SPARTACOTE Metallic with 'Cobalt Blue' additive.

Vince Putkowski of Maverick Contracting worked with Langdon in designing the concrete coating application. The dive shop was moving to a new larger location and wanted to provide customers with a “WOW!” feeling. The ocean feel begins when new and existing customers enter the front door and see Dan’s colourful logo. The logo has been installed on top of the blue metallic floor but under the two clear coats of SPARTACOTE FLEX PURE™. The SPARTACOTE FLEX PURE top coats give My Dive Shop excellent protection against impact, abrasion, and chemicals, while the metallic exhibits cool, life-like, 3-D effects and textures. Dan explains, “it’s what people look at the most. Now, they are looking at the water and thinking about scuba diving”. 

The project was completed in two days, including concrete surface prep, and the My Dive Shop’s collective customer reaction is overwhelmingly positive. Read the full story here.

Contact us to discuss your next flooring project or to arrange a mock-up - Call 1800 331 012 or email us here.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Residential Tile & Stone Installation Systems


LATICRETE has provided the technology, materials & methods for innovative and permanent installations of tile and stone for 60 years. Architecturally specified and preferred by professional installers, LATICRETE provides solutions for virtually every application. 
  
Our Residential Tile & Stone Installation Systems brochure provides information on products engineered for 'residential' installation and application of tile and stone. An overview of each recommended LATICRETE product for residential tile and stone installation is provided to facilitate the selection of the appropriate adhesives, mortars and grouts for your specific applications. View/download the Residential Tile & Stone Installation Systems brochure.
  
Projects utilising LATICRETE materials and methods qualify for a comprehensive LATICRETE System Warranty. Visit our website for comprehensive product application videos, architectural specifications, details and in-depth technical support.

Chat with your local LATICRETE Technical Sales Rep or Architectural Specialist about your next project. Call 1800 331 012 or email us here.

Monday, 11 September 2017

UNC Basketball Locker Room




At the University of North Carolina the men’s basketball team not only sees the Dean Smith Centre as a sports arena, but as an important motivator for the players. The centre is also a valuable tool used for potential recruits, so after 15 years since the last update the elite team decided it was time for another upgrade that matched their reputation of producing top athletes, including NBA legend Michael Jordan. In addition to expected upgrades to showers and toilets, the extensive renovation also included a nutrition & beverage station, therapy areas, media room for press conferences and interviews, team meeting and video space, a players’ lounge and separate locker areas for players, coaches and staff.

Nearly 557m2 of large format, glass and mosaic tiles were installed by Neuse Tile Service Inc. during the locker room renovation, each with associated waterproofing and substrate preparation. To resolve many issues before and during the construction process, LATICRETE products were used - thanks to the rapid curing formula of HYDRO BAN® waterproofing, multiple phases of the work were able to proceed simultaneously with careful coordination.

"Our many years of experience, technical knowledge and craftsmanship as an NTCA Five Star Contractor were called upon during this process. That, and a great deal of collaboration from the entire construction team, as well as the product solutions from LATICRETE, made this tightly scheduled project a huge success", Nyle Wadford President of Neuse Tile Service, NTCA Five-Star Contractor.

The UNC’s men’s basketball locker room is now considered among the best locker rooms nationwide and continues to be a talking point for the school at large. Read the full Project Spotlight here

Contact us to discuss your next project, visit your job site or to arrange free samples. Call 1800 331 012 or email us here.

Friday, 8 September 2017

Welcome Mudgee Tile Centre

Owner, Lee Taylor, with Store Manager Simon



We are excited to extend a warm welcome to Mudgee Tile Centre in Mudgee, NSW. Mudgee Tile Centre have joined the LatiFamily as a preferred stockist of LATICRETE tile and stone installation materials. 
Drop in to see the friendly team and stock up with all your LATICRETE products!

Address: 22 Perry St, Mudgee, New South Wales, NSW 2850
Phone: (02) 6372 6655

Trading Hours
Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm
Saturday - 9am - 12pm

LATICRETE is proud of its commitment to supplying tilers with the most up-to-date information and products available in the ceramic tile and stone installation industry today.  Our products are engineered to be fast and productive for the tiler to install. 

For more information on using LATICRETE in your projects, product demos, samples or technical support please contact LATICRETE on 1800 331 012, email sales@laticrete.com.au or visit www.laticrete.com.au.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

SPARTACOTE™ BLENDED CHIP - Part 2

Scraping off the excess flakes

All loose flakes removed

Applying the top coat
Recently we featured the first steps in the application process of LATICRETE SPARTACOTE™ BLENDED CHIP system. This week the above images show the final steps in the process:

Once the flakes have dried in to the base coat, the next step is the remove all the excess flake. This is done by scraping in different directions so all loose flakes are removed. After the flakes have been removed, the top coat can be applied. SPARTACOTE FLEX PURE™ is applied as the top coat in the same fashion as the base coat - distributing evenly by pouring 'ribbons' and then rolling out over the substrate. SPARTACOTE GRIP™ traction additive can also be added in to the top coat to increase the traction on the final product. 

SPARTACOTE BLENDED CHIP provides a capable, seamless flooring finish suitable for numerous commercial and residential applications, it is also available in a wide assortment of blends and finishes to suit your designer needs. With a contoured finish to allow for optimal traction, this minimal maintenance coating system offers 1-day installation and next day return to service.

Key Features:
  • Wide assortment of blends and finishes
  • May be used as a floor & wall coating
  • Minimal maintenance
  • Contoured finish allows for optimal traction
  • 1-day installation with next-day return to service

For more information on SPARTACOTE flooring systems click here.

Contact us to discuss your next flooring project or to arrange a mock-up - Call 1800 331 012 or email us here.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Palm Beach Project Uses LATICRETE!




Craig Hunter, LATICRETE Technical Sales Rep in NSW, recently caught up with the team from Reflective Gardens, on a job site in Palm Beach. The project consists of stone being installed using MVIS™ Veneer Mortar and 254 Platinum adhesive.

  • Masonry Veneer Mortar - A patented, versatile polymer fortified mortar designed specifically for the installation of adhered masonry veneer, stone and thin brick. A high performance mix provides maximum non-sag performance for vertical installations and also obtains maximum bond strength to the substrate and selected veneers.
  • 254 Platinum (Previously 345 Platinum) - The ultimate one-step, polymer fortified, thin-set adhesive. For interior and exterior installation of ceramic and stone tile, reduced thickness porcelain, quarry tile, pavers and thin brick. 254 Platinum provides long open time with unsurpassed adhesion and workability. Designed to just mix with water. Suitable for immersed installations. Meets and exceeds the requirements for a C2TES2P2 classification.
For more information on using LATICRETE in your projects, product demos, samples or technical support please contact LATICRETE on 1800 331 012, email sales@laticrete.com.au or visit www.laticrete.com.au.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Latest Issue of Pool+Spa is Out Now!





LATICRETE is featured in the August Issue of Pool+Spa! Check out the digital version of the magazine here.


An extract of the featured product PERMACOLOR Grout:


"LATICRETE has updated the packaging of it's PERMACOLOR Grout to bring it in to line with the company's global design. The high-performance cement-based grout provides consistent colour while resisting efflorescence and blotchiness. The grout contains an antimicrobial to protect against stain-causing mould and mildew. It is easy to install, only needing to be mixed with water, and is fast setting."

Are you getting ready to start a project? 

Contact us about your next project or to arrange free samples. Call 1800 331 012 or email us here.

Monday, 4 September 2017

Bluestone Beauty Complete!




The team from CINAJUS in NSW have been busy with this exterior facade project in the Blue Mountains, and they have shared some pictures of the finished result! This beautiful Bluestone was cladded to the exterior facade using LATAPOXY® 310 Rapid Stone Adhesive.

LATAPOXY 310 Rapid Stone Adhesive is a two component, high strength epoxy adhesive. Engineered, formulated and optimised for the spot bonding fixing method of installing tile and stone on vertical surfaces. LATAPOXY 310 Rapid Stone Adhesive maintains its non-sag consistency at high working temperatures up to 35°C. Interior, exterior, wet areas, walls, ceilings and soffits. 

Key Features
  • Fast Permanent Bond - 5 to 8 minute set time
  • Easy to Use - 1:1 mixing ratio by volume
  • Non-Staining - ideal for white and light coloured marbles, other stones and tiles
  • Withstands shock and vibration
  • Durable permanent bond, will not deteriorate over time
  • Non-Sag - when applied up to 25 mm thick

Click here for more information and view installation video.

Contact us to discuss your next project, visit your job site or to arrange free samples. Call 1800 331 012 or email us here.